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Education in Kyrgyzstan

Education in Kyrgyzstan is compulsory for nine years, between ages seven and 15.[1] Following four years of primary and five years of lower secondary school, the system offers two years of upper secondary school, specialized secondary school, or vocational/technical school.[1]

The Ministry of Education and Science (MES) is in charge of Education in Kyrgyzstan.[2] Budget cuts that have reduced teacher salaries and equipment availability are reflected disproportionately in reduced numbers of female students.[1]

In 2008, 3.7 percent of gross domestic product was spent on education.[3] In 2001 some 89 percent of the relevant age-group was enrolled in the compulsory program, but this figure has decreased in the early 2000s.[1][3] In 2004 the literacy rate in Kyrgyzstan was 98.7 percent.[1]

Structure and organization

Pre-school and primary Education

Pre-school is addressed to children from 3 to 6/7 and is not compulsory.[2] Access to it is however limited (net enrollment ratio of 10% in 2005).[3] Primary School usually starts at 6 or 7, lasts four years and is compulsory. Since 2007, uniforms are required in primary education. The law was pointed out as a source of school-drop out, as the uniform has to be bought by the parents.[3] Teaching quality is sometime described as "poor":[3] Kyrgyzstan ranked last in reading, mathematics and science at PISA 2006.[3]

Secondary Education

Secondary Education begins with the Basic secondary Education, which lasts 4 years and is compulsory.[2] Students have then the choice between comprehensive and vocation Education. Comprehensive Education is constituted of a 2 two year curriculum, which grants -if completed- a certificate of completion ("attestat"). The certificate is generally required in order to join a university.[4] Vocational Education is offered through 3 different kind of courses: A three year course mixing vocational and general education and preparing for higher education, a two year course mixing vocational and general education (without preparation to higher Education), and finally, a ten month course of pure vocational education (also opened to adults).[5] Vocational Education is given in Professional lyceum and vocational technical colleges.[5]

Tertiary Education

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Osh State University

Higher Education includes universities, academies, specialized higher education institutes and institutes.[2] There are 54 tertiary education institutions, 33 public for 21 private.[4] The Gross Enrolment Rate in Higher Education was 12,5% in 2011/2012.[4]

Universities deliver Bachelor(Bakalavr) degree in 4 years, which allows to pursue into master(Magistr) programs, lasting 2 years. They also offer a "specialist degree"(specialist) in 5(or 6 for medical and architecture studies) years. The specialist and the master degrees both open the door to PhD programs(aspirantura).[4] Academies offer the same degrees in fields of scientific activity. An institute is usually a specialized branch of a university or an academy. Specialized Higher Education institutes are narrow profiles higher education institutions.[4] There were criticisms about the competency of university lecturers in Kyrgyzstan: if a Master degree is theoretically required to teach at university, most teachers would actually hold a Bachelor, or even no degree at all.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Kyrgyzstan country profile. Library of Congress Federal Research Division (January 2007). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ a b c d "World Data on Education: Kyrgyzstan" (PDF). UNESCO-IBE. August 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Education in Kyrgyzstan" (PDF). UNICEF. 2008. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Higher Education in Kyrgyzstan" (PDF). European Commission. 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Vocational Education in Kyrgyzstan". UNESCO-UNEVOC. 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 

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